Stay & Play in Clonakilty

Live and breathe the music

Pursue your passion for accompanying traditional Irish music with the guitar and combine it with a holiday to wonderful West Cork.

Combine a holiday in Clonakilty with one on one guitar lessons

Immerse yourself in Irish music

Have you always wanted to play the guitar and accompany other musicians at a session?

Pursue your passion for accompanying traditional Irish music with the guitar and combine it with a holiday to wonderful West Cork.

Having a wealth of teaching experience and performing master classes around the world, Jim is now offering the opportunity to learn, improve your skills and become immersed in Irish music!

Beginner or advanced, Jim caters for all levels

Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced, however, it is preferable that you know the basics of guitar playing.

How it works...

There’s no music theory, no pressure and no rush. Although the aim is to motivate, lay solid foundations and teach effective practice, our main concern is that you have fun.

Lessons are generally Monday – Friday from 10am until 12.30pm.  For lesson prices and availability, please contact us directly.

Stay in accommodation close by. Afternoons are free to explore the sunning coastal surroundings and the vibrant town of Clonakilty, engage in outdoor activities such as surfing, kayaking or horse riding or simply relax and enjoy West Cork.  


West Cork, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

We are located in a quiet country setting, a short drive from from Clonakility on the Wild Atlantic Way. We are a two minute drive from Red Strand beach and a two minute walk to The Mountain House, a traditional Irish country pub and restaurant.

Clonakilty is a multi-award winning, vibrant, friendly and colourful town surrounded by beautiful beaches and home to a rich food and music culture. The town is a music hub and boasts a great line-up of festivals throughout the year. Rock, pop, traditional sessions in local pubs, Irish and international acts, gigs at world famous DeBarras Folk Club – Clonakilty has something for all music fans.

Clonakilty is a 50 minute drive from Cork City and Cork Airport. Find out more


We recommend the following accommodation providers.  They are all within a 5 minute drive of our location – some even within walking distance. Please contact us should you require further information.

Wood Road Lodge
Ardfield, Clonakilty

Family friendly house located in the heart of Ardfield village just about side Clonakilty. A 2min walk to the local bar, 5 min walk to local shop.

Orchard Cottage, Sands Cove, Ardfield, Clonakilty

A beautifully refurbished 200 year old cottage nestled within the private walled garden of historic Dunowen House.

Holy Well Cottage
Ardfield, Clonakilty

A cute and quirky cottage overlooks the ancient holy well of St. James on the Wild Atlantic Way in the tiny village of Ardfield.

Seascape Cottage
Ardfield, Clonakilty

Situated near the tiny, remote village of Ardfield on the Wild Atlantic Way in beautiful West Cork, Seascape Cottage is cute and quirky with panoramic sea views.

The Cabin

This unique tiny house is an inviting & creative space, located along the Wild Atlantic Way

An Cuan Lodge
Dunmore, Clonakilty

Luxurious accommodation with spectacular sea views in a quiet and peaceful area. Ideal location for a romantic break, family holiday or business retreat.

Dunmore House Hotel

A spectacular vista of the Atlantic Ocean greets you on arrival at Dunmore House Hotel. This third generation family business first opened as a hotel in 1948.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty

Located just outside the colourful heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, a region blessed with some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery.

Sea Breeze B&B Clonakity

The Sea Breeze B&B is a highly recommended B&B that offers relaxing accommodation within walking distance of Clonakilty.

What people say​

"What a few days we had in stunning West Cork with Jim. I've been playing guitar for twenty five years but I learned more in three days with Jim than years of trying to figure it out on my own! Not only a great teacher, Jim was patient, accommodating and very inspiring. I can't recommend a 'stay and play' enough."

"Jim's is such a talented guitarist and an easy person to learn from. I learnt what I wanted to learn at my own pace with great direction from him. My wife accompanied me and enjoyed exploring Clonakilty whilst I spent the mornings in lessons. We also loved the local music sessions and wonderful West Cork hospitality!"​